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Fort Devens Museum celebrates anniversary, honors Veterans Day with open house

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DEVENS — The Fort Devens Museum invites the entire region to a special open house on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its 94 Jackson Road location.

Join members and staff in celebrating the museum’s 10th anniversary and to commemorate Veterans Day.

Recently acquired additional space has allowed Fort Devens Museum to add many new exhibits at its third-floor hall. Dramatically expanded is the museum’s display of items that formed a part of everyday life for soldiers as they trained at Devens and went off to fight for war and peace from 1917 to the present day.

These artifacts — uniforms, weapons, implements of everyday life in camp and in the field around the world — evoke strong images of what the soldiers and those who assisted in preparing them for their missions experienced.

Displays focus on some individual lives, too. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet in person some of those soldiers or civilians associated with them and to hear these people tell their stories.

One of the museum’s primary aims is to preserve as many as possible of the stories of those who have passed through Devens.

At the open house you can meet some of those helping point the museum forward into its second decade of preserving and recounting what has taken place on this land now called Devens.

Refreshments will be served.

Directions: To reach the Fort Devens Museum from Route 2, turn off at Jackson Road, exit 37, into Devens and watch for 94 Jackson Road on the right. Those traveling through Ayer on Route 2A or from Shirley Village, take West Main Street to the main entrance to Devens (Verbeck Gate), drive straight ahead on Sherman Ave. and at its end, turn right on Jackson Road with 94 Jackson Road soon appearing on the left.

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